Oscars 2018: 'Shape of Water' takes home best picture

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The film directed by Guillermo del Toro had the highest number of nominations and was definitely a strong contender to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. But first in his opening monologue, Kimmel addressed last year's fiasco when the name of the wrong film was announced as Best Picture victor.

It dominated the Academy Awards' nomination pack with nods in a maximum of 13 categories this year.

The Shape of Water stars Sally Hawkins as Elisa Esposito, a maid at a secret government facility whose life is changed when she discovers a secret experiment (Doug Jones) being held in the lab.

02h19: first Oscar award of the evening for Sam Rockwell, who won the trophy for best actor in a secondary role for his role in 3 Billboards! He dedicated the win to young filmmakers around the world.

Taking the stage to accept his award, an emotional del Toro described himself as an immigrant and encouraged creators to make work that erases the lines between people rather than deepening them. "Thank you for this".

1940 - The year two of the best picture nominees were set, as British director Chris Nolan's Dunkirk and Joe Wright's Darkest Hour deliver equally heavyweight historical epics on the evacuation of Allied troops in Dunkirk. The show is being hosted by television celebrity Jimmy Kimmel, who also hosted Oscars 2017 successfully and was clearly a crowd favourite then to be making a second appearance.

After winning for best lead actress, Frances McDormand asked all fellow female nominees to stand as she urged inclusion in the industry.

The comedian stole the show when she presented two short-film awards with Maya Rudolph, wearing the same white Alexander McQueen dress she wore hosting Saturday Night Live and during last summer's Girls Trip premiere.

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"We are dreamers. We grew up dreaming of one day working in the movies. That's the kind of man we need more of", he said. Best foreign language film went to Chile's "A Fantastic Woman", Sebastian Lelio's drama starring transgender actress Daniela Vega.

Best documentary went to Netflix's "Icarus", Bryan Fogel's investigation into doping in sports, aided by the assistance of Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory.

It's been an unusually lengthy - and often unpredictable - awards season, already an increasingly protracted horse race begun as most of the contenders bowed at film festivals last September.

Blade Runner is turning out to be a big victor at the event as it bags best cinematography trophy.

Allison Janney won the best supporting actress prize for her turn as the cold, sardonic mother of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in "I, Tonya" - capping a sparkling awards season which saw her win all major prizes.

James Ivory won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for his script for "Call Me by Your Name"; the legendary filmmaker had been nominated in the directing category over the years but had never won.

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